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KTNN draws fire for hosting event with football team's foundation






Photo of KTNN Celebrity Golf Tournament was posted by Jacqueline Keeler on Twitter.

KTNN, the radio station of the Navajo Nation, is under fire for hosting a golf tournament whose lead sponsor was the Original Americans Foundation.

KTNN first posted about the 1st Annual KTNN Celebrity Golf Tournament on Facebook on March 21. At that time, it did not appear the foundation was involved with the event.

A couple of weeks later, the event was re-branded as The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation 1st Annual KTNN Celebrity Golf Tournament. Tribal members found out about the association and were outraged.

"Wow. And to think I almost committed to attending this function! I have pulled back on donating to this event as a result of who KTNN has accepted to be their title sponsor," Radmilla Cody, the award-winning Navajo singer, said on her Facebook page. "Please ask KTNN to decline their title sponsor and why they accepted sponsorship from an offensive organization."

The involvement of the foundation prompted two Indian organizations to withdraw their sponsorships. One was the National Indian Gaming Association.

"It's a blatant attempt to try to buy out the issue," NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. told USA Today. He added: "It hurts my heart to have to say that word."

The event was held two days after the Navajo Nation Council passed a measure opposing "disparaging" mascots in professional sports.

Get the Story:
Redskins foundation golf event loses sponsor in protest (USA Today 4/12)
Redskins Sponsorship Taints Navajo Golf Event, Other Sponsors Outraged (Indian Country Today 4/14)
Navajo Nation wants Washington Redskins name change (KRQE 4/11)

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